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    Watermelon Magic

    Premiering: July 3, 2015 Audiences will delight in this nearly wordless burst of color and music that draws inspiration from ... Read Article »

    Monkey Kingdom

    DisneyNature’s Monkey Kingdom In South Asia, Maya the monkey and her son Kip struggle to survive within the competitive social ... Read Article »

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    Pandas: The Journey Home now playing!

    Pandas: The Journey Home Now playing at the Hastings Museum Theatre! Don’t miss this wonderful National Geographic film! Watch Bao ... Read Article »

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  • Upcoming Events

    SummerFun Classes | June – JulySummer Fun Graphic
    This summer, get up close with art, science, and history! NEW this year classes from Barbies to Legos to Snoopy. Or, come check out Film Fest with a different film each day and activities based on that film. Don’t delay, classes fill up fast! Class details Here

    Monkey Kingdom (G) | June 26-July 5Monkey-Kingdom-Poster
    From Disneynature comes ‘Monkey Kingdom’, narrated by Tin Fey, a spectacular tale set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya, a clever and resourceful monkey, finds her world forever changed when she welcomes her son Kip into her colorful extended family. Maya and her family will make you laugh and warm your heart as she realizes her dreams for her son’s future. 12 shows over 10 days, including morning matinees. More here.

    Free First Friday | July 3 | 5-8p first_F_logo
    Free admission to the Museum on the first Friday of every month! Sponsored by Quality Sounds and Communication Inc.

    WatermelonMagic_Family_WebPoster2D_300Watermelon Magic | July 3
    Audiences will delight in this nearly wordless burst of color and music that draws inspiration from weaving together documentary and narrative elements. ‘Watermelon Magic’ chronicles a season on the family farm, as young Sylvie grows a patch of watermelons to sell in the market. This film is sure to delight young audiences, learn more here.

    Charlie Brown Nature Night | July 9 | 7-9p Snoopy-and-Woodstock_PN
    Hands-on activities and stations on all three floors of the Museum and outside! Explore plants native to Nebraska and live animals! Experiment with water and gravity. Experience images from the Hubble Space Telescope, and more! Don’t miss this great evening of family fun. More here.

    moonPreschool Playday | To the Moon and Back | July 11 | 10-10:45a
    Our journey to the moon will involve learning about the moons craters, the phases of the moon, and a planetarium show called ‘One World, One Sky’. More Here.

    Meteorites and Meteor Showers |meteorites Friday, July 10 | 10-11 AM
    Ever find an unusual rock and wonder if it might be a meteorite? You are not alone. This month’s Up Close will detail what to do if you think you’ve found a rock from space. We will look at meteorites from our collection, both on display and off display and discuss the three basic types of meteorites. You will also learn about upcoming meteor showers and how to observe them. More here.

    orionConstellations of Summer | July 18 | 10 AM – Noon
    We will learn the major constellations of the summer evening sky and their myths. We’ll also create our own constellation and story to explain why it looks the way it does, like ancient cultures around the world, and more. More here.

    Solar Observing | July  25 | 11a-12p |  FreeIMG_3094solar-observing2011-web-sq
    Weather permitting, the fourth Saturday of every month. Hastings Museum offers an opportunity for you to use a specially equipped telescope to safely look at the sun.

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  • Images from the Hubble Telescope

    Science Release: Hubble sees atmosphere being stripped from Neptune-sized exoplanet Photo Release: Hubble views a bizarre cosmic quartet Photo Release: Lost in space Science Release: Hubble observes chaotic dance of Pluto’s moons Science Release: Merging galaxies break radio silence Science Release: Retirement in the suburbs Photo Release: Celestial fireworks celebrate Hubble’s 25th anniversary Science Release: Death of giant galaxies spreads from the core Photo Release: Hubble finds ghosts of quasars past Science Release: Dark matter even darker than once thought

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